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verb (used with object), ben·e·fi·ci·at·ed, ben·e·fi·ci·at·ing. Metallurgy.
  1. to treat (ore) to make more suitable for smelting.
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Origin of beneficiate

1870–75, Americanism; < Spanish benefici(ar) to benefit, profit from (especially mining or farming) (verbal derivative of beneficio < Latin beneficium; see benefice) + -ate1
Related formsben·e·fi·ci·a·tion, noun
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